Urmila Devi Dasi (ACBSP): Closer to Prabhupada’s words and intentions

I regularly listen to the recordings of Srila Prabhupada dictating Krishna Book. So I sometimes find places where what he dictated is substantially different from what was in the first editions. 

For example, in an early edition we find the following:

The identity of Krsna and Govardhana Hill is still honored, and great devotees take rocks from Govardhana Hill and worship them exactly as they worship the Deity of Krsna in the temples. Devotees therefore collect small rocks or pebbles from Govardhana Hill and worship them at home, because this worship is as good as Deity worship.

What Prabhupada actually said, and what is in the latest edition, is as follows

The identity of Krsna and Govardhana Hill is still honored, and great devotees take rocks from Govardhana Hill and worship them exactly as they worship the Deity of Krsna in the temples. The followers of the Krsna consciousness movement may therefore collect small rocks or pebbles from Govardhana Hill and worship them at home, because this worship is as good as Deity worship.

Surely it is important to know that Prabhupada authorized the worship of Govardhana silas for his own followers and disciples.

Sometimes I find other errors and hope that they will be corrected in future editions. Here is one of the several examples I have sent to BBT editors:

In Prabhupada's dictation tape of Krsna Book, chapter 35, (one can hear it plainly on the tape, and it is also there in Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura's commentary) he states that the clouds who are friends of Krsna decided to relieve the Lord of heat not with rain but with "small, flowerlike snow" that created an umbrella for the Lord. However, the phrase describing the snow is absent from any BBT edition. 

Of course, the early editions are full of spiritual potency. At the same time, I appreciate having books that bring me closer to Prabhupada’s words and intentions.

[Urmila Devi Dasi is an associate editor for BTG. She has contributed substantially to the development of educational programs within ISKCON. In 2006 she earned a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]